Basic Seminar

research in principles of life

As the cornerstone of IBLP’s outreach, the Basic Life Principles Seminar is held in cities around the world throughout the year. Since 1964, well over 3 million youth and adults have attended this seminar through the recommendations of previous attendees.

Conflicts often indicate that we are living by our natural inclinations, which are opposite to the ways of God. The goal of this seminar is to explain God’s way of life and provide further training and resources for those who are committed to God’s best.

To find out how you can view this seminar contact our office by emailing: , or call us on (03) 9735 2633

Instructor: Bill Gothard

The Goal of the Seminar

seeing life from God’s perspective

Most of the conflicts and pressures we experience are only symptoms of deeper issues that must be address. By understanding how to trace problems to root causes, you can enjoy lasting solutions to these problems.We read in Proverbs 5:7 that we are to get wisdom and get understanding. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s point of view and understanding is learning to respond to life’s situations from God’s perspective. Since our natural inclinations are directly contrary to God’s principles, it is essential that we rearrange our thoughts and decisions within His frame of reference.The goal of the Basic Seminar is to help you learn to see life from God’s perspective. It is based on seven universal, non optional principles of life. It illustrates exactly how the conflicts we face in our lives can be traced back to violations of these principles; then it gives practical steps on how to resolve the conflicts.

Basic Life Principles

seven universal principles of life

Every problem in life can be traced to seven non-optional principles found in the Bible. Every person, regardless of culture, background, religion, education, or social status, must either follow these principles or experience the consequences of violating them.By learning principles rather than rules, individuals are equipped to make wise choices and avoid failure. The Basic Seminar is designed to help you understand the cause-and-effect sequences of life.

What Are Basic Life Principles?

1. Design

Understanding the specific purposes for which God created each person, object, and relationship in my life and living in harmony with them. Thanking God for my design brings Self-Acceptance.


2. Authority

Honoring the responsibilities of parents, church leaders, government, and other authorities and learning how God works through them to provide direction and protection. Honoring my authorities brings Inward Peace.

3. Responsibility

Realizing I am accountable to God for every thought, word, action, and motive. Asking forgiveness of those I offend brings a Clear Conscience.

4. Suffering

Allowing the hurts from offenders to reveal “blind spots” in my own life, and then seeing how I can benefit their lives. Fully forgiving offenders brings Genuine Joy.

5. Ownership

Understanding that everything I have has been entrusted to me by God, and wisely using it for His purposes. Yielding my rights to God brings True Security.

6. Freedom

Enjoying the desire and power to do what is right, rather than claiming the privilege to do what I want. Regaining ground surrendered to sin brings Moral Purity.

7. Success

Discovering God’s purpose for my life by engrafting Scripture in my heart and mind, and using it to “think God’s thoughts” and make wise decisions. Meditating on Scripture brings Life Purpose.