James H. Blackmore was Director of Public Relations. He begins by reading (the apocryphal book) Ecclesiasticus 2 and Matthew 26. In this message, Blackmore warns the student body of the dangers of neglecting the God of their studies: understanding the scriptures without experiencing the scriptural God. He states that "God first calls us to Himself, not to service."
The service begins with the reading of John 4:23-24 (00:00-00:28), an announcement (00:29-01:07), and prayer (01:08-02:36). Dr. Trotter introduces the speaker, the Reverend Allen Douglas Aldrich, who was the pastor of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC (02:37-04:17). His message centers on Matthew 6:28. He begins his message by drawing attention to the growing edge of God’s hand which our lives must be subject to (04:18-13:02). The growth of our lives is determined by the vitality of our daily experience of prayer (13:03-14:25), on the basis of the tone of the thoughts on which we feed our lives (14:26-15:31), and by our involvement in relationships through the Church (15:32-18:30). When the growth happens, there is a gradual unfolding of the unique nature of what is growing; this growth cannot happen unless there is death, focusing us on the cross of Christ (18:31-22:41). He ends in prayer (22:42-23:43).
Fisher Humphries was Professor of Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In this message, Humphries speaks on the subject of sanctification and spiritual formation, drawing from 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. He focuses especially on the role of the church in this process, and a significant portion of his time explores the current state of the Southern Baptist Convention and its relation to Liberal Protestantism, Fundamentalism, and Evangelicalism.