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An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness [Kindle Edition]

Dr. Andrew M. Davis
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After we’ve come to faith in Christ, God leaves us in this world for a very clear purpose: his own glory. But how are we to glorify God for the rest of our lives? The Bible reveals that God has laid before every Christian two infinite journeys which we are to travel every day: the internal journey of growth into Christlike maturity, and the external journey of worldwide evangelism and missions. This book is a road map for the internal journey, laying out how we are to grow in four major areas: knowledge, faith, character, and action. In this book, we’ll learn how God grows us in knowledge, faith, character, and action. We’ll also discover that spiritual knowledge constantly feeds our growing faith, faith will transform our character, our transformed character will result in an array of actions more and more glorifying to God, and our actions will feed our spiritual knowledge. This upward spiral will lead us to become more and more like Jesus Christ in holiness. And not only will this book help us understand Christian growth in detail, it will also give us a passion to grow every day for his glory.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2261 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
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  • Publisher: Ambassador International (15 Dec. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Felt like an Infinite Book 3 May 2014
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From reading this book I can tell that Davis wants to glorify God with all that is in Him. It is his desire to point the believer to God so that he would desire to live for God with all of his heart, mind, soul, and strength. "'The worth and excellency of a soul is to be measured by the object of its desires.' If we desire worthless things, it shows something about the excellence of our souls. Conversely, if the object of our desire is something great, noble, and virtuous, that also speaks of the excellence of our souls."

Davis' purpose is to give a thorough description of sanctification, to instruct people concerning the fullness of the Bible's teaching on Christlikeness, and to encourage people to strive daily to reach that goal.

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Davis maps out the journey of our sanctified growth under four main headings: Knowledge (chs. 4-5), Faith (chs. 6-10), Character (chs. 11-16), and Action (chs. 17-28), each one leading to the next.

However, there were too many words, stories, examples to keep my attention. I didn't know the basis for why he was talking about a particular subject. Subjects felt disjointed from each other with little flow in between.

I felt like Davis was always losing the plot. He repeats himself at times, and, while not direct re-quotations, it's bound to happen when you write a 477 page book on sanctification. However take out the fluff, and this would be an easier, more consistent reading. It was as if I was reading one long topical sermon where everything is on topic, but the flow in between can be hard to find.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fantastic Infinite Journey 24 Mar. 2014
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I found his book brilliant in accomplishing a model of sanctification. The illustrations were powerful, the language used is accessible to all. Highly recommend this book for all believers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book! 18 Feb. 2014
By Tim Challies - Published on
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Now this is a good book. A really good book. It is exactly the kind of book a reviewer loves to discover: A title from a minor publisher that arrives with little fanfare and completely blows him away. And that is what I found in An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness by Andrew Davis.

An Infinite Journey defies easy description. What exactly is it? It is a book about growing toward spiritual maturity, but it is more than that; it is also a map for the journey. This makes it something like a systematic theology of spiritual growth and maturity. Allow me to explain.

Davis says that Christians are called by God to make two simultaneous journeys and that these journeys are the Christian’s central work. The first is the external journey of the worldwide advance of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ to all nations while the second is the internal journey from being dead in sin to being gloriously perfect in Christ. Each of these journeys is lifelong and demands great effort, labor and suffering. Each is infinite because they both require an infinite power source and because they will extend to the very end of our lives.

Davis contends that over the past decades Evangelicals have been far more concerned with the external journey than the internal one so that we have pursued evangelism at the expense of discipleship and sanctification. But, he says,

The Church needs to reclaim a Bible-saturated, Spirit-drenched emphasis on both of these infinite journeys, learning that they are absolutely intertwined. It is impossible for the Church to make progress externally to the ends of the earth if there are no Christians mature enough to pay the price to go as missionaries and martyrs. And it is impossible to make genuine progress in sanctification if the people only read good Christians books and stay in classrooms, but refuse to get out into the world as witnesses. These journeys are mutually interdependent: without progress in one, there can be no progress made in the other.

What Davis attempts to do in this book, and what he accomplishes with rare skill, is to map out the journey, focusing on the journey toward Christian maturity. He attempts to provide a taxonomy of sanctification, organizing what the Bible gives us as reasonable goals for spiritual growth. He believes that all of Christian maturity can be found under four major headings: Knowledge, Faith, Character, and Action. The heart of the book is explaining each of these while also showing the relationship between them.

Now this may all sound rather obvious, but Davis is especially skilled at looking at the things we commonly know or experience and describing and quantifying them in fresh and helpful ways. By way of example, in the book’s opening chapters he attempts to graph Christian progress. Acknowledging that any such illustration will suffer from some weakness and incompleteness, he still finds a very helpful way of helping us understand the peaks and valleys of Christian experience.

The book has other notable strengths. While it is not exhaustive (and hardly could be without extending to many volumes), it is substantial in its breadth. It is packed with excellent illustrations that both introduce and explain important topics. It is also bursting with heart and joy so that the author’s passion for his topic is contagious. Concluding case studies help show the theory in action while a chapter on application works toward implementing these things in the reader’s life.

If there is one section that I found weaker than the rest, it would be the section on how the Lord guides us. Davis speaks of God’s still small voice but I am not convinced that what he says here quite represents how the New Testament tells us to expect to hear from the Lord. What he says did not strike me as wrong as much as incomplete. I am also a little concerned about the book’s size, largely because its 31 chapters and 480 pages may make it a difficult book to read in community with others. It is an ideal resource for discipleship, but the 31 chapters make it rather a large commitment. That said, Davis has not wasted many words and the size of the topic demands a significant work.

An Infinite Journey is a very good book and one you should consider reading. Don Whitney has written up a short blurb and I would echo his words. “Besides the Bible, it would be difficult to find any other single resource with more biblically sound, theologically rich, pastorally helpful, and practical insight about Christian growth than this book.” It is a gift to the church and I heartily commend it to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my thinking... and my heart 27 Jan. 2014
By Dawn M. Wilson - Published on
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I loved this book. Easy to say. But I loved it for an odd reason. It wouldn't let me be. It kept confronting lies ... nudging me on to truth ... changing my perspective. This is not new information. I've taught it for years. But Davis paints a clear picture of sanctification that many miss today. I will be recommending this book when I speak about the value of our daily choices. Thank you for this scholarly, practical, totally biblical book. ~ Dawn, Heart Choices Ministries
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5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough 19 Feb. 2014
By Kate - Published on
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Andrew Davis’ book, An Infinite Journey: Growing Toward Christlikeness, is a real diamond in the rough.

I received a free copy for review from the publisher, Ambassador International, and to say that I was pleasantly surprised would be a gross understatement.

Davis’ main premise is this: We are all on two infinite journeys – the external journey of the gospel’s advance to all nations, and the internal journey of sanctification (pp. 17-18). Davis points out that “these two journeys have one goal: ‘the praise of His glory’ (Ephesians 1:12, 14)” (p. 21).

Why are the two journeys called infinite? Not because they will never be accomplished, but because they both require the infinite power of God in order to take place.

An Infinite Journey is an attempt to organize the Bible’s teachings on sanctification. As outlined by the author, “… all of Christian maturity can be found under four major headings: Knowledge, Faith, Character, and Action” (p. 29).

Davis uses thorough precision to touch on a myriad of topics in each of these categories, and I found him to be a down-the-line, biblical thinker. It was refreshing to find a present-day author churning out such solid truth with equal conviction.

I was particularly challenged by this premise near the beginning of the book:

“The Church needs to reclaim a Bible-saturated, Spirit-drenched emphasis on both of these infinite journeys, learning that they are absolutely intertwined. It is impossible for the Church to make progress externally to the ends of the earth if there are no Christians mature enough to pay the price to go as missionaries and martyrs. And it is impossible to make genuine progress in sanctification if the people only read good Christian books and stay in classrooms, but refuse to get out into the world as witnesses. These journeys are mutually interdependent: without progress in one, there can be no progress made in the other” (p. 24).

A criticism I’ve read about the book is that its hefty length deters churches from being able to digest it piece by piece, as for a weekly Bible study. I understand how this could be a hindrance, but I don’t think that should be a reason for not using the book. To overcome this hurdle, perhaps one leader could read the whole book, highlight key premises for the group, and choose six or eight topics to focus on in depth for discussion purposes.

Another potential criticism could be a tendency to emphasize works over grace. Though the book is filled with things we are commanded by God to do, I believe the author would be the first to argue that none of these good works could ever be accomplished apart from the grace and strength of God. Towards the end of the book, I started to feel a bit heavy from the weight of all the requirements of Scripture on a believer, but then the Lord reminded me of Davis’ initial premise, that both of these infinite journeys require the infinite power of God.

An Infinite Journey is a book I would highly recommend not only to pastors and others in full-time ministry, but to laypeople as well. It is an extremely valuable resource, as it addresses nearly every conceivable component involved in the path of becoming more like Christ.

I would especially encourage missionaries, spiritual mentors and evangelists to obtain a copy, as it is a worthwhile tool for new believers seeking to navigate the forthcoming and lifelong journey of sanctification.

Though it is best read cover to cover, the book could also be useful as a topical reference to answer specific questions regarding certain aspects of the Christian life, such as emotions, self-reliance, or stewardship.

Thank you, Pastor Davis, for this gift to the Church at large. It is evident through your testimony that you are a man who walks the talk. May this book be used to encourage many in their growth toward Christlikeness, and may you see the fruit of your labor.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Biblical, very practical outline for sanctification 29 Jan. 2014
By Matthew Harford - Published on
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An Infinite Journey is a fantastic read for anyone desiring to understand what it means to be increasingly conformed to Christ, which is something that all Christians are called to.

The book begins by outlining a process of sanctification: knowledge, faith, character, and action. It then delves deeply into each of these four, first by defining them based on scripture, and then describing how each one leads to the next. Finally, it describes how the cycle repeats itself in an "upward spiral".

It ends with a practical (but not legalistic) guide on how one might use this understanding of growing in Christ likeness to apply it to his or her daily life.

It is Biblically rich, theologically sound, and a great read for anyone.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read 4 Mar. 2014
By Spencer - Published on
First off, I must admit that Andy Davis is my pastor, and that he is my friend. However, I was drawn to his ministry at First Baptist Church because he is the kind of man that can and should write a book like this. My appreciation of this book is due in part because it reflects the man who wrote it: kind, sensitive, earnest, faithful, passionate, a little nerdy and overly interested in details. He certainly isn't perfect, but the man that you hear speaking through this book is the same man I've seen in hours of interactions in and outside of church settings. This is authentic, he means it and he tries to live it (very well by my estimation).

The book is written clearly. Davis' model for sanctification is simple but not simplistic. Like a good engineer (he has a B.S. from MIT in mechanical engineering) Davis has created a model that describes the sanctification. It isn't a set of rules that guarantee personal holiness. Rather, Davis describes four parts of a cycle: Knowledge - Faith - Character - Action. As a Christian grown in Christ, she continues through this cycle in an upward spiral moving closer and closer to holiness. There is no standing still, one is either moving toward holiness or away from it.

Davis manages to accomplish what some have determined to be impossible. He is a PhD in Church History and a Mechanical Engineer. He is smart and loves facts. The man has memorized many (yes, many) entire books of the Bible and Scripture flavors almost everything he says from the pulpit and in conversation. Still, his head knowledge does not result in spiritual stagnation because Knowledge results in Faith that must be implemented to develop Character from which habitual Action flows. The cycle begins in Knowledge, but it moves through a robust Action that provides experiential Knowledge that continues the cycle into Faith. Davis provides this model, along with some important keys to implementing each stage, but without a set of rules that indicate that one must read the Bible 30 minutes each day and memorize 2 verses each week, while helping 2 old ladies across the street in order to become holy. This is practical but not legalistic.

If there is a weakness to this book, it is that the book is very long. At 400+ pages of text it is an imposing book to pick up and read. It will take some time to read and digest. However, the work is worth it. Additionally, the chapters are short and there is a clear outline so that there are plenty of good stopping places along the way. The reader should also know that it used to be over six hundred pages and was cut down to the present length. This means that Davis cut out the fluff (and some good meat, too) so that there isn't much repetition if any in the book.

Buy it. Read it. You'll find it a blessing, I promise.
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