Truett Seminary Professor Urges Christians to “Walk through the Door” of Spiritual Opportunity

July 31, 2015
Joel GregoryJoel Gregory, Ph.D., preaches at Baptist World Congress

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Dr. Joel Gregory delivers keynote address at Baptist World Congress in South Africa

WACO, Texas (July 31, 2015) — God is leading each person through a goal of opportunity for service, said Joel Gregory, Ph.D., professor of preaching at Baylor's Truett Theological Seminary, in a keynote address July 26 to conclude the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa.

Gregory called on the gathering of more than 3,500 Baptist Christians from 83 countries to commit to discovering that opportunity.

“The prayer of the individual should be, ‘God show me my door. God, open my door. God, give me the will to walk through my door,’” Gregory said.

He warned that opportunity often comes with opposition, but “we serve a Lord who turned the ultimate opposition into the ultimate opportunity” by paving the way to salvation with his death and resurrection.

Todd D. Still, Ph.D., Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean of Truett Seminary, said it was an honor to join believers from throughout the world to hear Gregory’s sermon, “Christ, the Door of Life: A Mega-Door for You.”

“In both the invitation and the proclamation, Christ was honored,” Still said. “Baylor’s Truett Seminary is blessed to count among its accomplished faculty a homiletician of Dr. Gregory’s skill and stature, caliber and character. As you listen to this sermon, I trust that you will also be encouraged and enriched.”

Gregory is the holder of The George W. Truett Chair of Preaching and Evangelism.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, the Master of Theological Studies, or the Doctor of Ministry degrees that are centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and consistent with historic Baptist commitments to prepare persons to carry this gospel to the churches and the world. Within the M.Div. degree program, students can choose concentrations in Biblical Studies and Theology, Christian Education, Ministry Leadership, Missions and World Christianity, Worship Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Sports Ministry, and Youth/Family/Student Ministry. Truett Seminary also offers four Dual Degree programs – an M.Div./MSW and MTS/MSW through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Social Work, an M.Div./Master of Music through a partnership with the Baylor’s School of Music, an M.Div./MBA through a partnership with Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, and an M.Div./J.D. degree through a partnership with Baylor’s School of Law.

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