The Church’s first priority should be the preaching of the gospel message - backed by good works, yes; but definitely and clearly spoken with words. What good does it do to feed a man today who enters eternity without Christ tomorrow?
I want you to picture a tree. See its leaves, branches and stems. Imagine its thick trunk and twisted roots. Allow yourself to see through the dirt and visualize the tree in its entirety, from the highest point to the far tip of its deepest root. Now, let us say that this tree represents your salvation. Only a real tree can bear fruit. But is it the fruit that causes the tree to grow? No, it is the root system that causes it to grow. Good works are the fruit of salvation. They are not the root of salvation.