What do we believe about the Holy Scriptures?
Centuries ago, the Anglican Church, codified what it believes concerning the Holy Scriptures in what is known as The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. Below are Articles VI and VII.
VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.
Of the Names and Number of the Canonical Books.
Genesis, The First Book of Samuel, The Book of Esther,
Exodus, The Second Book of Samuel, The Book of Job,
Leviticus, The First Book of Kings, The Psalms,
Numbers, The Second Book of Kings, The Proverbs,
Deuteronomy, The First Book of Chronicles, Ecclesiastes or Preacher,
Joshua, The Second Book of Chronicles, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon,
Judges, The First Book of Esdras, Four Prophets the greater,
Ruth, The Second Book of Esdras, Twelve Prophets the less.
And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:
The Third Book of Esdras, The rest of the Book of Esther,
The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Wisdom,
The Book of Tobias, Jesus the Son of Sirach,
The Book of Judith, Baruch the Prophet,
The Song of the Three Children, The Prayer of Manasses,
The Story of Susanna, The First Book of Maccabees,
Of Bel and the Dragon, The Second Book of Maccabees.
All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.
VII. Of the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is not contrary to the New: for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old Fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral.
Sword PC Bible Study Tools
Download the Sword Project PC Bible from The CrossWire Society.
The Sword Reader features a 3 window viewer that allows you to display your
Bibles in one window, your commentaries in another and your dictionaries and
lexicons in another. There is a Personal Commentary for keeping notes of your Bible Study tied to a specific Bible chapter, full Greek and
Hebrew lexicons tied to Interlinear Bibles and a great word or phrase search
tool. The Sword is easy to download and start using and is absolutely
free to end users.
Please follow these instructions
- You must install the Reader before installing the
- Shut down all other programs on your PC aside from
your web browser.
- Click once on the Sword Reader button below.
- Choose to Run the Program (Do not choose Save the
- Accept all of the defaults for the Reader. It
will download the main reader, the AKJV Bible, your Personal Commentary
and Nave's Topical Index. The first install program will download the
files and once you hit finish, will launch the software install program
on your machine. Again, accept the defaults, this is important for
your next step in loading the additional modules.
- Read and accept the license. This is a free,
open license to use the software.
- A Read Me file will open. Read the file and the
warning on privacy, especially if you are outside of the USA. Close the
- The Install Manager will launch, you will not need
this for this install so close the Install Manager window.
- Click finish and return to this window.
Now install the modules:
- Click on any of the Sword Module Pack buttons below -- Choose to
Run the Program.
- Read and accept the license and please remember to
pick the default file locations.
- Pick the Default or Custom install. Custom lets
you pick all of the modules you want.
- Install downloads and places the files in the correct
- Next time you run Sword the modules will
||Interlinear Greek New
Testament, International Standard Version Bible, King James Version of
1611 w/ Strong's Numbers, Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon, Smith's
Bible Dictionary, Strong's Greek and Hebrew Bible Dictionary, Barnes'
New Testament Notes, Adam Clark's Commentary on the Bible, Matthew
Henry's Concise Commentary, Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge
||1965 Bible in Basic
English, World English Bible, 1898 Young's Literal Translation,
Thayer's Greek Lexicon, R. A. Torrey's New Topical Textbook, Jamison
Fausset Brown Bible Commentary, Scofield Reference Notes, 1917 Ed.,
John Wesley's Notes on the Bible, C. H. Spurgeon's Treasury of David,
Jonathan Bagster's Daily Light on the Daily Path, C. H. Spurgeon's
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