Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ

“A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.” ~ Andrew Murray

“Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ by Frank Viola is more than study, more than facts, more than crossing off your spiritual to do list. It’s the absolutely stunning life of Jesus imparted to you. If your heart’s felt stale and you’ve lost your passion for life and Jesus, dive into this study and experience the renewal that only comes by encountering Jesus face to face.”
~ Mary DeMuth, author of Everything and co-author of The Day I Met Jesus.
“Frank presents a beautiful and compelling vision of what it means to live in Christ while insightfully addressing one of the most significant challenges that confronts contemporary disciples: namely, the challenge of learning how to grow in Christ, not by relying on our own self-effort, but by yielding to the life of Christ within us while growing in the truth of who we already are in him. And it’s a course that is as practically orientated as it is theologically informative.
~ Greg Boyd, author of The Myth of a Christian Nation
“Ever been frustrated trying to live the Christian life? Check out this great new resource by my friend Frank Viola.”
~ Tommy Tenney, author of The God Chasers
“I recommend getting this resource. If you are looking for a closer walk with the Lord, I believe it will help.”
~ Ray Edwards, best-selling author and copywriter
“I heard all the messages for this course live and I recommend them to all churches and individual Christians who want to go deeper in the Lord.”
~ Milt Rodriguez, church planter and author

“Our most serious failure today is the inability to provide effective practical guidance as to how to live the life of Jesus.” ~ Dallas Willard

In Galatians 2:20, Paul said, “It is not I who lives, but Christ lives in me.”

This is one of the most amazing truths in all the Bible, yet the question I’ve been exploring every since I’ve been a young believer is, “Christ lives in me. But how do I live by His life?”

I believe there is an answer to this question.

While I’m no expert on this subject (and I don’t believe there are any experts), over the last 30 years, I have sought an answer to this question.

And by God’s grace, I’ve discovered some life-changing insights on the journey — a journey that I’m still on. For the first time, I’m presenting those discoveries to a wider audience. And my hope is that you will benefit from them as much as I have.

As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Christianity seems at first to be about morality, rules, guilt, and virtue, yet it leads you out of that, into something beyond.”

The “beyond” is Jesus Christ Himself and His indwelling life.

It is the difference between living by the Tree of Life vs. the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That’s what this course is all about.

The Introduction to the course and the first session are FREE. They appear below under Sample the Course.

Frank Viola

Psalm 115:1

marklake“Frank’s teaching series on the indwelling life of Christ was a life changing experience for me. Jesus lived by the Father’s life (John 14:10) and Christians now have the privilege of living by Christ’s very own life (John 17:21). Frank’s teaching was practical and Scriptural, with helpful exercises throughout. After this series, I was able to walk away from performance-based living out of my own self-effort and begin the journey of living from a Divine origin – Christ’s very own life alive in me!” ~ Mark Lake

Are You Frustrated Trying to Live the Christian Life?


Many Christians know from experience how frustrating it can be trying to live the Christian life. In fact, it’s humanly impossible to live such a life.

The secret to living the Christian life can be juiced down to one statement: Not I but Christ. But how?

What are the practical handles that enable us to live by Christ?

What is the switch that allows Him to live His life through us?

Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ – is a 10 session audio program by Frank Viola Author. It also includes a workbook and a bonus book. HomeEditionSmall

This image is for the physical product (The Home Edition).

kalil“The series contained the most important messages I’ve ever heard on the indwelling Life of Christ. It started me on the path of living by the Spirit of Christ instead of living by my own nature. It practically teaches how to eat and live by the Tree of Life and not by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” ~ Kalil Harrigan
“The ‘Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ’ messages increased my spiritual sight of Christ as a Person and opened an avenue for me to allow the Person of Christ to live His life through me. In having a desire to live by the Lord’s life within, the spirit of these messages compelled that desire to become reality.” ~ Floshea Harrigan

 Biblical, Practical, Experiential

This course blends sound Scriptural teaching with practical exercises that have come out of real-life experience.



What Does the Course Cover?

jason“These messages were completely life-changing and something that I had never heard before. I was utterly elated to hear Frank share from the Scriptures that we can live by Christ’s own eternal life. Not only is it possible, but it can be achieved today. Thank God that He literally dwells in each believer, and that apart from Him we can truly do nothing!” ~ Jason Pranger                                                                                                                                                                                                   

The course is made up of 10 audio messages containing almost 9 hours of in-depth instruction.

Overview: Personal welcome and course overview. 15 minutes.

Message 1: Introduction to living by the Lord’s indwelling life in the Gospel of John. A look at how Jesus lived by His Father’s indwelling life. 57 minutes.

Message 2: Regeneration, the consciousness of divine life, and the five spiritual senses. Practical instruction on all of these themes. 45 minutes.

Message 3: The nature of divine life in Galatians. Underscores what Galatians teaches us about how to live by Christ practically today. 51 minutes.

Message 4: The fruit of the Spirit vs. the works of the flesh. The nature of divine life in 1 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians. Underscores what 1 Thessalonians and 1 Corinthians teach us about how to live by Christ practically today. 69 minutes.

Message 5: The nature of divine life in 2 Corinthians. Underscores what 2 Corinthians teaches us about how to live by Christ practically today. 63 minutes.

Message 6: The nature of divine life in Romans. Underscores what Romans teaches us about how to live by Christ practically today. 61 minutes.

Message 7: The nature of divine life in Colossians and Ephesians. Underscores what Colossians and Ephesians teach us about how to live by Christ practically today. 73 minutes.

Message 8: The nature of divine life in Philippians. Underscores what Philippians teaches us about how to live by Christ practically today. 49 minutes.

Message 9: Concluding thoughts in the Gospel of John. A re-look at the way Jesus lived the Christian life and how this applies to us today. 42 minutes. 

You have access to the entire course at all times. So you can go through the messages at your own pace any time you wish.

meagan“These messages were life-changing for me! They pointed me to Jesus, and I learned how to call on His name in a new and powerful way. I was set free from the mindset of trying to ‘be like Jesus’ and instead learned that He dwelled within me and I did not have to ‘try’ any longer!” ~ Meagan Gough                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

A Premium Course for a Low Fee

Those of you who know Frank’s work are aware that he loves to give away valuable resources. For example:

* You can access his over 100 audio messages for free.

* You can read his over 900 articles.

* You can get his book Rethinking the Will of God (Revised) for free.

* You can get his Next Reformation Seminar for free.

* You can get his book Discipleship in Crisis for free.

Frank’s new course is not free, however. There is a one-time charge because it required money and many hours of labor over several years to create. Yet the price for the course is far lower than any other online course of the same quality — including online seminary courses.

Most online seminary courses range from $300 to $600 per hour.

Obviously, there is no accreditation with this course. However, many of our over 1,600 students who have taken the course have said the material is more valuable than what they learned in seminary.

The Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ course comes in two editions:

The Online Version. You take the entire course online from any computer or smart device at your own pace.

The Home Edition. This is the physical product. It comes with a 3-ring binder that contains the workbook and bonus book, and a CD that includes all the sessions on MP3. (Most newer automobiles play MP3 CDs, but many older vehicles do not.) The CD also contains the workbook and the bonus book in digital formats. Again, take the course at your own pace.

The material is exactly the same in both editions.

The course includes the following: 

* The 10 audio messages containing almost 9 hours of in-depth teaching.

* The workbook containing text, supplemental resources, and action plans.

* A special access page to interact with Frank about the content once you finish the course.

* Frank’s digital book When the Pages Are Blank: How to Bring the Bible Back to Life as a free supplement.

* You have access to the entire course at all times and can work through it at your own pace.

toby“The messages, ‘Living By the Indwelling Life of Christ,’ set us free from the fear of not being able to live up to the Lord’s standard on our own. The person of Jesus Christ dwells within; it is by His life we are able to do all things.” ~ Brenda and Toby Valdez                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Sample the Course – Two Free Sessions

* Listen to the first message of the course for FREE.

* Listen to the Introduction to the course for FREE. It’s called Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew. This course makes this conference message practical.

“This series of messages on ‘Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ’ — which others may understand as walking by the Spirit of Christ — helped me to better grasp the oneness we have with Christ. I learned that He is for me and wants to live His life through me just as He lived by the life of the Father. The understanding of Christ as our life shattered the dualistic thinking that many of us Christians have adopted. What a freedom to know that He is working in us both to will and do His good pleasure, and we have the privilege to co-operate with Him to be conformed to His image, bringing glory to God the Father. This series will help clear away the clutter and confusion so often associated with the Christian life.” ~ Seth Roach

The Missing Ingredient: Rethinking Discipleship Today

The following testimonials are from some of the 1,600 people who have taken the course recently.

Pain, Problems & Struggles Solved Through the Discipleship Course

* For years, I struggled with being a “good Christian.” After having a bachelors and masters degree in theology, this course is what opened my eyes to the revelation and understanding of an indwelling Lord and how to live by Him practically.

* I’d heard and read about the Christ-life, but I didn’t know how it worked in a practical way.  This course helped me get in touch with the spiritual instincts given to me in Christ.  I have since been getting off the performance treadmill and learning to rest in the love of Christ who has already done everything.  I am enjoying communion with Him like never before.

* I’ve battled doubts in myself and a disconnect of faith, even as I’ve ministered to others. This course helped better define the role of Jesus Christ, bringing a reconnection of faith to my life. This reconnection is also helping me to overcome some of the doubts that I have been experiencing.

* I struggled with identifying the will of God for certain life choices. I was continually looking for miraculous signs or coincidences to determine what God’s will was for me. The course taught me that because the Holy Spirit indwells me, He works directly on and through my inner thoughts.

* I used to rely on my own strength to obey God and please Him. But my efforts were continually frustrated. This course showed me how to turn to Christ, who is in me, and draw on His strength. I learned what it means to say, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strengthens.” Two weaknesses that I am learning to overcome are a propensity for lust, and a loss of temper. I am finding that both can be easily overcome when I turn to the Lord and live by His strength.

* I was always trying to be good enough for God and constantly felt like a failure. This course taught me practical ways to let Christ live through me. He is the only One who can live the Christian life. Now I have peace in my walk with the Lord.

* I needed practical ways to stay connected to Jesus and experience His Presence. This course gave me that.

* For the first time in my life, I felt like my head and heart were connected, and I was able to experience the Lord’s presence and life.

* For years I struggled to understand what it was like to abide in Jesus on a daily basis. This course gave me very practical handles for making that connection.

* I had read about living in union with Christ. And I wanted to. It sounds so easy, but I couldn’t seem to do it. I couldn’t comprehend what it looked like in today’s world as I battled the distractions of everyday life. This course not only offered the insights I needed to better understand what it means to be “in Christ,” but it also gave me simple, practical ways to connect with Jesus throughout the day and begin to more fully receive the real life I’ve been offered. It’s a course I revisit often, hungry to go deeper with Jesus each time.

* I’ve been forever searching for more truth, deeper wisdom, and some hidden gem that would help me with the problems of my life. But everything changed through this course. Through it, I saw that I needed more than just truth, and it showed me how to access the power of God to lift me, giving me a higher strength and energy to deal with the problems of my life.

* I haven’t had a framework to understand how I could be 20 years into the faith, knowing as much as I do, praying and worshipping with the best, and yet I continually felt DRAINED and EMPTY of life and power to live well. But through the course, I discovered how to to access the life and power of God in me like a button or lever, where before it was a mysterious thing that I could never really grasp.

* For so many years I’ve struggled with the “Us-focused,” “You-Can-Do-It” message of the Christian life that have hindered and halted so many of us, including me. This course sets the record straight and brings the focus back to the only workable formula: Christ, He’s The Way, The Truth, The Life, and shows us exactly how.

* I was continually comparing myself to other Christians and feeling despaired that I was not loving people enough and not experiencing the joy I should have been feeling. This course opened my eyes to the truth, and set me free to focus on loving Jesus.

* The most amazing change for me that this course offered was to help me really believe and act on the fact that I have a new nature. It was life changing!

* The exhaustion of “trying” has been replaced with the joy and power of “trusting” Christ as He lives through me. The course taught me how to apply this important quote:  “You can’t. He never said you could. He can. He always said He would.”

* I was raised to be strong and independent, so it runs against my natural grain to be dependent on anyone, even God. Yet this course helped me trust the Holy Spirit’s guidance, promptings, and personal care for me in my own everyday life.

* I struggled with finding ways to express my faith without it feeling forced or manufactured, even programmatic! This course gave me practical “take aways” that helped me develop a more dynamic and genuine relationship with Christ.

* This course clarified the truth of living from Christ in me to a greater degree so that I could share Him more simply and clearly with others. The practical suggestions to encounter my Lord devotionally also helped tremendously.

* I struggled with trying to be a “good Christian” and failed.  The course taught me that I was not created to be a “good Christian,” rather I was created to live in Christ, by Christ, and for Christ.

* I struggled with how to live “the victorious Christian life,” and this course pointed me to a different direction as it showed me that we are to live a life that has already been imparted in us rather than trying hard to imitate Someone by our own effort.

* I tend to work hard as a Christian but still land on my face in failure. This course realigned me to understand that I need to live by Him who indwells me (not an outside power source). It has changed my life where now I restfully work even when I am busy.

* I’ve lived my Christian life as a “doer,” always laboring to do things for God in order to be closer to Jesus. This course taught me that it is not what I do, but it is Jesus indwelling in me that makes all the difference.

* The course freed me from the games and chains of religion.

* I had no idea that I was living my whole Christian life from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil rather than from the Tree of Life. This liberated me into a whole new dimension of life and freedom.

* Ever since I can remember, I’ve thought negatively about myself and struggled with self-esteem. This course changed all of that for me.

* I’ve never really understood how to distinguish my thoughts from the Holy Spirit’s voice. This course opened up a new understanding for me in this area, and now I recognize those impulses and impressions I sometimes get to be the Lord rather than me.

* For years I’ve been searching for the victorious Christian life only to go from one defeat to another. This course finally changed that.

* I wanted to know how not to despair during trials. The course showed me how.

* I wanted Jesus to be more real to me. This course did that for me.

* I needed Jesus to guide me and give me peace of mind and strength to cope. That’s what I discovered in the course.

* I wanted to know Jesus better, and this course was the right fit for that.

* I wanted an intimate experience with Jesus, and this course showed me exactly how to have it.

* I wanted more out of my Christian life. I found the course to be eye-opening, enlightening, uplifting, inspiring, deeply challenging, and full of “aha” moments. So liberating!

* I wanted a cure for my lukewarmness, a wake-up call, a jump start to my Christian life, and this course did all those things for me.

* I needed to love Jesus more and this course explained God’s love in a whole new way.

* I needed more reality in my relationship with the Lord, and this course brought me to it.

* My heart needed a jolt of faith. I was looking for more purpose, more focus. I wanted my fires to be stoked and this course helped me in all those areas more than I expected.

* I wanted to be radical for the Lord, and the sessions in the course set the fuse.

* I’ve been disillusioned with the self centered, self serving American Christianity. This course lifted me out of that concern and into a new arena of spiritual life.

Registration is Currently Closed.

To be notified when the course is available again to order, click the button below and join the waiting list.









  1. Mike says

    I’ve been waiting for this day for two years… since the day I first heard “Living by the Indwelling Life of Christ” podcast. This is going to be like Christmas on steroids :) Can’t wait!

    • says

      Thanks Mike! It means a lot that you and so many others have expressed appreciation. It took years to produce this and many hours of labor (not to mention the costs involved). So thank you for your Christ-like heart and comment. It has the fragrance of Jesus all over it.

  2. Jennifer says

    Frank, my husband and I have been waiting for this for a long time. We are SO excited. The price is so cheap for all of these audios and the workbook. Thanks so much for making it so inexpensive! I’m sure it’s worth it’s weight in gold! Thanks also for giving away so much free content over the years. We’ve read most of your blog posts and listened to most of your podcasts. You’re an example of generosity. Keep it up!

      • says

        The course is now closed so there’s no price point on the page. We sent numerous emails to my update list, the course waiting list, and my blog during the time it was open.

        Sign up for the waiting list so you’re notified when it reopens with the price at that time. It opens again in February for 7 days.

  3. Joy says

    Do we have to do this all at once or can we come on line and take the course weekly or twice a week. How does it work? Can we do it at our leisure?

  4. Robin Aker Jakobsen says

    Hi guys,

    I bought the course and downloaded them to my PC.

    But does anyone know how to get them transferred to my iPhone? I am able to play them in iTunes, but for some reason they do not get automatically upload to the phone so I can listen anywhere.

    I have tried the function “add file to library”, but that does not work either.

    Any ideas? :) :)

    • Kevin says

      If you right click on the message file title in itunes, you should see a prompt that says “create MP3 version”….simply do that, and then that new version should be like your other items in itunes and be able to sync with your phone or ipod or mp3 player. I haven’t tried it with this specific course, but that works for me when I have a podcast that won’t sync to my ipod. Hope it helps!

  5. Hardik Modi says

    Thank you so much, Frank! I’m also SO excited by this. It will be so awesome to allow Christ to live out His life through me. Thanks once again..

  6. E.Bunkley says

    Hi Frank, I am very excited about the course. Will you be available during the course for questions and interaction?

  7. Eärdil says

    Hi Frank,
    I’ve been waiting for this for the past few months, thank you for the effort.
    Anyway, I have a question: will it be available through another paying service other than paypal? (Google Wallet or Amazon) It’s just that I’ve been avoiding opening up a PayPal account. If not I’ll buy anyway, I just want to know if I should wait a little longer.
    Again congrats and thank you!

  8. Don says

    If we get the church license will the information be available for use permanently? Meaning, different groups at different times over the next several years – or is it a one time or one year access?

    Really looking forward to getting started!

    • says

      The Church License is for the people in your *local* assembly or *local* Bible study. The members of the church or group will have permanent access to the material and each person can go through it at their own pace.

  9. Andy Mitchell says

    I too have been waiting for this. I am part of the way through and it is fantastic, in fact, life changing! Thank you so much Frank.

  10. Tim Waters says

    I am so looking forward to this study. I have tried so hard to share this with my sweetheart, who is at the place I was a year ago. We are going to go through this together and I will be praying that the eyes of her heart are opened to our mutual Beloved’s life in her.

  11. Anonymous says

    This was all introduced by your comments on the Millennium conference in Jax. FL. I was present at the conference and had been blessed already by the speakers ahead of you and then you came in and of course, I was oblivious, unknowing to what your emotional environment backstage had been. I was not in the camp of those who were smirking, but rather I was ready to hear and what was spoken came across to me like a step in the Gulf of Maine in the middle of July! Sobering but refreshing and it opened my inward man to the beauty of Christ once again!

    As often, the impact was greater than the immediate drama! This too is instructive.

  12. JULIANA KUZOE says

    I cannot find words to describe my excitement. Jesus Christ has become more real now. In all my years as a Christian I have never heard or seen such truths. My Bible sudddenly is a new book. The song “I love you with the love of the Lord” now makes sense.

    Thank you Frank. More grease to your elbow and many blessings.

  13. Laura King says

    Frank, Thank you so much for your podcasts! I just found you online about a month ago, and have listened to about 40 of them! I am very excited to join your next class. Any idea on when it will be offered? Is there a limit as to how many students you accept at a time? Thank you for all that you do- Laura

    • says

      The course opens for registration four times a year for a short period of time. (Once you buy it though you have life-time access always.) Stay on the email list so you’re notified when registration reopens.

  14. Gaynor says

    SO EXCITED! Just pushed the “BUY” button. Can’t think of another better way to start off the New Year! I was raised in a church that never really mentioned the Holy Spirit (ugh!), yet God has been so faithful to His promise that the Holy Spirit/Counselor will teach me all things, and God has been pouring in teachings to me on His spirit, in spite of my church community’s silence (I am going to another church now where God’s Spirit is an integral part of the church community!). I am super excited to learn more about how to live in the blessings and power of the indwelling Spirit. Thank you, Frank, for offering this curriculum at such an affordable price. Will let you know how God changes me through this! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!
    ~Mrs. Gaynor Lubojasky

  15. Barry Cheshier says

    My wife and I want to take this course. We want the home course with the physical book and CD. Question: Do we order two workbooks, or must we order two courses? Thanks.

    • says

      College courses have registration open for a short time a few times a year. The same principle works with most online courses of this type. In fact, all of the online courses I know of that are produced by others work the exact same way. They open and close several times a year. Consider the following reasons:

      1. I interact with the students when they complete the course. This takes time, so having registration open several times a year makes it manageable.
      2. We are constantly improving the site. We need time to do that. Having constant orders makes this difficult if not impossible.
      3. The home edition is created and ordered in batches. We can’t afford to buy them in large bulk. So we only order them when registration opens.

      Those are 3 reasons why courses like this open and close several times a year. It’s the standard procedure.

  16. says

    Waiting with an anticipating soul to learn these things in a fresh, renewing way from you, Frank. Thanks for your hard work to equip the saints to live under Jesus, our life and Head.

  17. Martin Vickers says

    If I order the Home Edition, can I save the files from the disc to my computer to transfer them to my iPad or phone?


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