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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ambassador International (January 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620202360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620202364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rarely have I read a book on sanctification that is simultaneously serious and fresh, at once reflective and accessible. Andy Davis combines analytical astuteness with pastoral passion. Those who think of themselves as Christians but who have no desire to grow in holiness need this book; Christians who want to be increasingly conformed to Christ will cherish this book. --Dr. D. A. Carson Research Professor of New Testament Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

I love Andy Davis extraordinary mind. I love the breadth of his reading. Most of all, I love his terrific understanding of the Christian life and his grasp of the gospel. He is a faithful brother, and this book is a gift to the church. --Dr. J.D. Greear Lead Pastor of The Summit Church and author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

An Infinite Journey is a labor of love from the heart of a faithful pastor who dearly loves his people. It is a marvelous treatment of the doctrine of sanctification and a call to grow in Christlikeness. It is biblically grounded, theologically rich, and practical in application. It felt like I was reading a modern Puritan. Do not be hesitant to delve into this treasure because of its size. The precious nuggets of truth that leap from its pages will make the investment a wise one indeed. --Dr. Daniel L. Akin President Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

I love Andy Davis extraordinary mind. I love the breadth of his reading. Most of all, I love his terrific understanding of the Christian life and his grasp of the gospel. He is a faithful brother, and this book is a gift to the church. --Dr. J.D. Greear Lead Pastor of The Summit Church and author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

An Infinite Journey is a labor of love from the heart of a faithful pastor who dearly loves his people. It is a marvelous treatment of the doctrine of sanctification and a call to grow in Christlikeness. It is biblically grounded, theologically rich, and practical in application. It felt like I was reading a modern Puritan. Do not be hesitant to delve into this treasure because of its size. The precious nuggets of truth that leap from its pages will make the investment a wise one indeed. --Dr. Daniel L. Akin President Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

I love Andy Davis extraordinary mind. I love the breadth of his reading. Most of all, I love his terrific understanding of the Christian life and his grasp of the gospel. He is a faithful brother, and this book is a gift to the church. --Dr. J.D. Greear Lead Pastor of The Summit Church and author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart and Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

An Infinite Journey is a labor of love from the heart of a faithful pastor who dearly loves his people. It is a marvelous treatment of the doctrine of sanctification and a call to grow in Christlikeness. It is biblically grounded, theologically rich, and practical in application. It felt like I was reading a modern Puritan. Do not be hesitant to delve into this treasure because of its size. The precious nuggets of truth that leap from its pages will make the investment a wise one indeed. --Dr. Daniel L. Akin President Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Dr. Andrew Davis has been Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC), Durham, NC, since 1998. He came to faith in Christ his junior year in college. In 1984, he graduated with a BSME from MIT, and worked for ten years as a mechanical engineer. Davis received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990 and his PhD in Church History from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998. He was married to Christi in 1988, and they served together on the mission field in Japan for two years. They have five children. The central passion of Davis s life is the glory of God as revealed perfectly in the written word of God.

Customer Reviews

Did a great job of using and explaining Biblical texts.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to flourish in their faith.
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At 400+ pages of text it is an imposing book to pick up and read.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate on February 19, 2014
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dawn M. Wilson on January 26, 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Harford on January 29, 2014
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spencer on March 4, 2014
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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.
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