John Stott concurs with Packer on these points…
“Evangelism is neither to convert people, nor to win them, nor to bring them to Christ, though this is indeed the first goal of evangelism. Evangelism is to preach the gospel” ³
Understanding the original Greek and Old Testament roots of this word evangelism, and paying careful attention to scholars like Packer and Stott is critical, because together they clarify what evangelism is not. Evangelism is not saving people, this is God’s job (hense the title of “Saviour”). When we understand what is our job and what is God’s job, this lifts a huge burden off our shoulders and helps us do what we are called to do, and leave the saving up to God. And therefore the Glory goes to God!!!
John 6:65 “No one comes to the Son unless they are drawn by the Father”
Packer and Stott are not alone in defining evangelism in this way, there is actually remarkable agreement among the scholars on this, along with the agreement of thousands of key Christian leaders which you see in documents from worldwide conferences on evangelism, e.g. the Lausanne conference4 and ‘This we Believe’5.
You will also note that Evangelism is not a process as many have suggested. Rather, evangelism is a very specific event (the proclamation of the gospel) within the process of someone coming to Christ. The big question from here is, what is this Gospel that we are commanded to preach?