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Demystifying Discipleship

A Fresh Look at the Great Commission

by Dr. Raphael J. Thomas & Foreword by Professor Dr. Arthur Dhanaraj



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/9/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781664240193
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 112
ISBN : 9781664240209
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 114
ISBN : 9781664240186

About the Book

As the end of time approaches, we need to redouble our effort to respond to the Lord’s command to make disciples of all nations. Fueling the fire for passionate and consistent discipleship, this study provides an exposition of the Great Commission and practical insights to participate in its fulfilment.

Praise for Demystifying Discipleship

“Compelling! Elucidating! Demystifying! Dr. Raphael Thomas’s major contribution on the subject of discipleship is a must-read for every Christian leader and believer involved in the Great Commission. Congrats, Brother Raphael!”
—Dr. Gerry O. Gallimore, former president and CEO of
YFC International; retired senior pastor of Metropolitan
Baptist Church; and author of Living by Faith

“… What I really appreciate about Dr. Thomas’s approach is that the scope of the content is full and the reader is led step by step from beginning to end. One of the elements that delivers a connective thread is the arrangement and articulation of the chapters. The sections are thoughtful and smart and give an overarching succession that paints a bigger picture that is vital for the topic of discipleship. …”
—Dr. Steve McCoy, lead Pastor of the 360 Church,
Sarasota, Florida, and founder of SMALLCIRCLE

“This volume is about simplifying our understanding of Christian discipleship. Utilizing sound hermeneutical skills, Dr. Raphael Thomas carefully exegetes the critical biblical texts to establish the need for a shift in our thinking. This refreshing perspective on Discipleship is a must-read for astute Christians and scholars.”
—Dr. David Corbin, former President of the
Caribbean Graduate School of Theology

“Demystifying Discipleship” is a passionate and urgent call to all Christians to engage in our primary mission of making disciples. Dr. Thomas’ passion and experience in making disciples can be felt on every page, and not only inspires readers to get into action, but also provides them with practical steps to become effective disciple-makers.

—­­­Pastor Brian Grant, Germantown Christian Assembly
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About the Author

Dr. Raphael Thomas is the president of Blessing Basket International, a missions organization that he cofounded with his wife, Velda, in 2017. He also currently serves as director of missions and evangelism at the Germantown Christian Assembly, Philadelphia.
Dr. Thomas and his wife served the Lord in Jamaica for over thirty years in full-time Christian ministry before they relocated to the United States in 2020. Dr. Thomas served as pastor of the Annotto Bay Gospel Chapel, St. Mary, Jamaica, for thirty-two years. He also served as chairman of the Gospel Chapel Education Centre, which he was instrumental in founding in 1990. He is a former chairman and executive director of the North-Eastern Missionary Conference, a fellowship of thirty-three Christian Brethren Assemblies in Jamaica. Raphael continues to serve on various boards in Jamaica, including Gospel Chapel Education Centre, Midland Bible Institute, Choose Life International, and North-Eastern Missionary Conference.
Raphael holds a doctor of ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, a doctor of clinical Christian counseling from Central Christian University, a master of arts from the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, a bachelor of arts in theology from the Jamaica Theological Seminary, a diploma in teaching from the University of the West Indies (through Shortwood Teachers’ College), and he is also a graduate of Haggai Institute (now Haggai International), of which he now serves as an international facilitator.
Dr. Thomas has been an Adjunct Lecturer at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology since 2001 where he taught the courses Caribbean Evangelism, Dynamics of Church Growth, Biblical and Theological Themes in Counseling, Theology of Missions, Latter Prophets and Writings, Pentateuch and Former Prophets, Pastoral Care and Counseling and Biblical and Theological Themes in Counseling.
Raphael has a passion for preaching and teaching the Word of God. He has spoken at Evangelistic Crusades, Bible Conventions, Christian Camps, and Mission Conferences. He carries a burden for Global Evangelization.
In 2003 he was certified as a behavioral consultant with the Institute for Motivational Living. He is a licensed clinical pastoral counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association. In 2017 he received a National Award from the Prime Minister of Jamaica for his contribution to education.
In 1984, while he was still a teenager, Raphael was named the Year of the Bible Personality for emerging as the champion in the Jamaica Youth for Christ Year of the Bible Competition. In that competition, Raphael memorized and recited eleven hundred verses of scripture (one-eighth of the New Testament) and won a trip to Israel and Jordan.
On many occasions, Raphael has fasted for revival, sometimes for periods lasting forty days. He shares this passion for revival in his book Biblical Dynamics for Revival Today: Studies in the Life of King Hezekiah.
In 1992, Raphael and his wife were commended to the work of the Lord by the Annotto Bay Gospel Chapel in association with the North-Eastern Missionary Conference, a regional body of the Christian Brethren Assemblies Jamaica (CBAJ). Their commendation statues were endorsed by the Germantown Christian Assembly (GCA) in 2020, thus recognizing them as missionaries in North-America as well, where they serve with GCA and Blessing Basket International to share the gospel locally and globally. They have two adult sons, Timothy and Nathanael, both of whom are actively engaged in Christian ministry.