The Kingdom of God restores our world to how it was created before the fall. It includes reconciliation with God but also pushing back against hunger, disease and death, things that entered the world because of sin. Yes, preaching the Gospel has a powerful impact. John Wesley pulled 1.5 million out of poverty through his preaching, using hymns to teach people to read and teaching his followers to save their money so they would have the ability to help others.

100 years ago the church preached the Gospel and also addressed social ills. Then there was a split. Now we have Evangelicals that primarily focus on spiritual transformation and progressives that focus primarily on physical needs or social reform. The Bible instructs us that both are important and need to be intertwined together. Experience tells us that we are more effective when we are engaged with both.