Having More Faith in Jesus Christ

Faith Is There For us in Scripture

Some may ask, “How can I have more faith?” Paul wrote, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). The source and foundation of all faith is the Bible.

If we want faith, we must begin with a correct understanding of the Word of God. The more we know of the Bible, the more faith we can have, and the more correctly we know the Bible, the more effective our faith.

The Faith and The Doctrine

Throughout the New Testament the phrase “the faith” and “doctrine” are used interchangeably. When faith has an article preceding it as in “the faith,” it means “the statement of faith.” Therefore, to have correct faith, we must have an accurate statement of doctrinal faith.

The apostle Paul certainly recognized the importance of correct doctrine. He constantly opposed those who sought to change the faith. Perhaps he was concerned about accurate doctrine because of his own experience.

When Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the church, he thought his doctrine was accurate and that he was serving God. But when he met Christ on the Damascus road, he gained a living faith which changed what he believed and how he lived. Paul talked about those who had “departed from the faith” (1 Tim. 4:1) and “denied the faith” (i Tim. 5:8).

Keeping The Faith

At the end of his life, the apostle was able to say, “I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:8). Jude challenged his readers to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3).

If we want to have a growing biblical faith, we need to ground it upon a correct knowledge of God. A certain woman once heard someone compliment her great faith. “I have not a great faith,” she responded, “I have a little faith in a great God.”

Doctrinal faith is both the beginning and the test of our Christianity. If our statement of faith is wrong, then our personal faith is misplaced.

We must begin with a correct statement of faith, and build saving faith thereupon. Then we are meeting some of the important conditions to correctly experience a life of faith and continue to learn about doctrinal faith.

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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