The bond between social action and evangelism should be tight knit and in unison with one another. The effectively promote the Kingdom of God and the glory of Jesus Christ; we must be actively involved in both service and spoken word. Christians are called to represent the life of Jesus wherever we go. We must live out the Gospel through acts of service, for our actions of sacrifice and love will strengthen our words, and give validity to Christ’s eternal message of salvation. We cannot have one without the other. As author Steve Hoke mentions, “Sometimes Jesus healed the sick; sometimes He preached the gospel of the Kingdom. We usually see Him doing both. With the vision of complete personal and community transformation in view, Jesus did what the situation demanded.” We simply must do the same, trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide our life to make a difference in every individual we meet for His glory and eternal purpose.
The question is also asked, should evangelism take precedence over other types of ministry? I agree again with Hoke, who stated, “…we must respond with humility and honesty, ‘It depends on what the situation demands.” Evangelism must be the driving reason we take social action, for the eternal destiny of souls is of utmost importance to the Lord. As I recently read in Ezekiel 18:32, the LORD states, “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” God desires restored relationship with mankind through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Often times the declaration of this message begins with social action, so we may one day have a voice into the lives of the people we are trying to reach. Evangelism is the heartbeat of what we do, but it can only be communicated properly if we live the message we preach.
- Danny Williamson
 Steven Hawthorne, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: The Study Guide (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 2009). 129.