I’ve recently begun reading “Two Cities, Two Loves” by James M. Boice. The last time time that I read this book was in 1997.
It is a wonderful read and especially helpful as I continue to preach through the book of Genesis at Calvary Bible Church on Sunday mornings.
Boice offers his wisdom on building biblical faith in the following quote. I include it here in hopes that it will encourage you in your spiritual growth and perhaps motivate you to buy the book and read it for yourself!
A number of years ago the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology held a spring meeting on the theme “How to Grow Your Faith.” It was on what theologians call the means of grace, and it dealt with such subjects as prayer, worship, Bible study, fellowship and the sacraments. In the course of the weekend it was said again and again that the most important, indeed, the foundational means of growing faith is Bible study.
Why is that? It is because of the very matter we are studying. True biblical faith is not something you and I are able to work up ourselves, as if we could merely decide to be men and women of faith in the same way that we might decide to take up aerobics or pursue a degree in higher education. Faith is only as strong as its object, and it is created in us by God and built up by God through our coming to know Him. The only way we can come to know God is by studying God’s revelation of himself in Scripture–and then applying it to our own circumstances.
Here is the way Lloyd-Jones puts it toward the end of his commentary on Romans 3 and 4.
‘If you want to have strong faith, read your Bible; go through it from beginning to end. Concentrate on the revelation that God has given of himself and of his character. Keep your eye especially also on prophecy, and then watch his promises being fulfilled. That is the way to develop strong faith–be grounded in all this. Then read the historical portions of the Bible, and the stories of the great heroes. That is why the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews gives that gallery of portraits of these great saints in the eleventh chapter. He says, Look at these men, who were men like yourselves. What was their secret? It was that they knew God, they gave glory to God and relied utterly upon him and his word. Turn that over in your mind, keep on speaking to yourself about it; meditate upon it. … Then, finally, you apply all that in practice to particular cases as they arise in your own life and experience. “He staggered not, but gave glory to God.” That is the secret of faith. It is our ignorance of God that constitutes our main trouble.’
Ours is not an age of great faith, and the reason we are weak in faith is that we do not know the Bible’s God. Or if we do, we do not put what we do know into practice.