Our Senior Pastor, Apostle L.R. Gooden Jr. is truely a Forerunner who goes before and enters into what God has for his people, then interceeds for GOD's people to enter into it also. Forerunner's are pioneers in the Kingdom. A Forerunner is characterized by their motivation to reform the Body of Christ and who by grace and revelation are called to the ministry of preparing the church for the Lord’s return.
Some Personality Traits of a Forerunner
Highly value being guided by the Holy Spirit
Non-conformers in lifestyle or some other aspect of their life
Don’t value belonging and often avoid it. They are seen by others as outsiders
Have been or are being prepared for powerful ministry through a prolonged wilderness experience
Have made significant personal sacrifices for the Gospel
Have been persecuted for their revelation of the Kingdom
Not afraid to confront duplicity and sin even when there are personal costs
Focused on fulfilling their call and purpose in Christ
Love and pursue the truth of God
Not afraid of change
They are adventurous
Many forerunners are gifted communicators
Forerunners are early adopters:
Forerunners recognize the need for change and adopt it quickly. They work for change through teaching, writing, and demonstration. Martin Luther, John Wesley, and Charles Finney were among the most well known Forerunners. Each of these men played a role in God’s reformation of the Church. Forerunners see the path and are quick to evaluate, adopt and intregrate new revelation into their lives and ministry.
There are three forerunners identified as such in the Scriptures; Elijah, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ who was “The” forerunner. There were many more who did the ministry of a forerunner. John the Baptist proclaimed a “preparation” before the coming of Jesus’ ministry. Forerunners are concerned with preparation. Malachi 4:5 asserts that God will send Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord. Many scholars believe that the Lord will prepare His Bride for His return with a company of forerunners who will prepare and “make straight” the way of the Lord before His triumphant reunion with His bride, the Church. These forerunner ministers will participate in bringing about the reformation and restoration of the Church.
A Forerunner Ministry:
- Prophetic Intercession
- Prophetic Proclamation
- Prophetic Teaching and Preaching
- Word of Wisdom
- Expose and Confront:
- hidden sin (inner or physical healing)
- traditions or dead religion
- demonic strongholds
- unbelief, idolatry, and impure motives
The Forerunner Army
God is raising up an army of forerunners who will prepare the way of the Lord. The Forerunner Ministry is a catalyst in the coming together of this army into one trained and effective unit that will pull down every high place and lift up every low place and make a (high)way for the Lord. (Isa. 10:3-5) Then all Flesh will see the Glory (Jesus) of the Lord.