Scripture is full of instructions and promises about faith, which is helpful, since Scripture is the primary means by which we gain faith.
Lots of people today want to know what faith is and what faith accomplishes, but before we can answer those questions, it might be best to know where faith comes from, and how we gain faith.
One Scripture on Faith that answers this question is Romans 10:17.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
This Scripture provides a lot of instruction about faith in just a few words.
Faith Comes by Hearing
The first thing Paul writes is that faith comes by hearing. This tells us that faith must be attached to or pointed at an object. One cannot just “have faith.” There must be something to “have faith” in. You cannot believe unless there is something to believe in.
So we cannot have faith until we hear something that instills, inspires, or implants the faith within us. Faith requires hearing something that is worth believing.
And what is it that we should hear? Paul tells us in this Scripture.
Hearing by the Word of God
To get faith, we must hear something worth believing, and Paul says that the Word of God is what we should hear. It is unclear if Paul is referring to Scripture here, or if he has in mind the promises of God. But even if it is the promises of God which Paul has in mind, these are found within Scripture.
And so, the best way to generate faith is to look to the truths and promises of God as found within Scripture. There is no better source for developing faith, and no more certain ground upon which to place our faith.
Do you want faith? Begin by reading, studying, and thinking about Scripture.
Scriptural Books on Faith
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches about faith. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.