Churches have been described in one of two ways: Either as a church of “social transformation” or one of “spiritual transformation”.
“Social transformation” churches are those with the primary focus of meeting the social needs of their community and their world. They believe the gospel should be primarily expressed through good works, caring for the poor and improving their communities. After all, Jesus said “Whatever you’ve done for the least of these, you’ve done for me.”
“Spiritual transformation” churches are those with the primary focus of meeting the spiritual needs of their community and their world. They believe the gospel should be primarily expressed through the preaching, prayer, miraculous intervention, and discipleship. After all, Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.”
Isn't it obvious that BOTH of these are important? It is not a choice between one or the other. This is called ministry in Word and Deed. Faith and works are inseparable. We will meet social needs in order to demonstrate God’s love and build bridges in order to preach the Gospel.
Consequently, we get involved in our community transformation. We partner with great organizations that feed the hungry, mentor at risk youth, serve the elderly and care for the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.
And we preach the Gospel, contending for spiritual transformation. Social transformation and spiritual transformation are NOT mutually exclusive. They go hand in hand.
Let your light shine!