How RLD Works

RLD gives you an alternative to step 1 and step 4 that is based on current events in real life in real time. It is designed to be used with Bible-in-Life or Echoes Sunday school curriculum. But you can also use it for ice-breaker ideas, homeschool teaching, or devotional time with your family. Great for kids ages 11 through 18, and adults too. Lessons are always shown in order from newest to oldest. The home page displays the latest three lessons. Just select the title or badge icon of the age level you wish to view.

Lesson identification

Easily identify a lessons age level by the badge icon associated with it.

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Parts of a Lesson

The same elements you are used to seeing are still a part of the web version. At the top of every lesson you will see the quarter (a), the age level (b) and the lesson title (c).

Every lesson starts off with an age level badge icon (d), lesson number and quarter (e), lesson title (f), author (g), lesson date (h), lesson focus (i), Bible basis (j), materials required for the lesson (k), memory verse (l) and lesson summary and additional links that are important to the lesson (m).

Scripture makes it clear that God puts a priority on relationships. We grow the most spiritually when we are in relationship with others. Step 1 (n) gives you and your students a chance to connect with each other and encourages active participation in your discussion. You’ll make real-life connections between their lives and what the Bible says. RLD gives you an alternative to step 1 and step 4 that is based on current events, which helps your students connect with the message. These conversations will flow naturally into Step 2, your Bible lesson. You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher's guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Throughout the lesson are discussion tips (o) and even scripts (p) you can use.

Videos (q) are embedded directly into the lesson where you need it for easy viewing.

You can easily identify questions for the class by the vertical line that stretches from the top of the first one to the bottom of the last on the left side. Questions are displayed in bold (r). Answers displayed in italic (s).

The Bible makes it clear that faith is much more than a list of beliefs. It’s also what we do—how we live out what we say we believe. Step 4 (t) is a way for you to encourage students to apply what they've learned to real life. Together you’ll recap what you’ve explored, and you'll be able to provide practical suggestions for ways to act on faith and live it out.

Finding Older Lessons

You have access to one year of lesson archives. To visit the archive page, select Lessons (u) from the bar running across the top of your screen. Then select the age level (v) you would like to view in order to narrow down your search.

You can also search for lessons through the search box (w) located at the bottom of every page or in the right sidebar (x) of every lesson. Type in a particular key word(s) to find lessons that contain the text. This is a great way to search lessons by verse or subject.

Sharing and Printing Lessons

Easily print a lesson directly to your printer or save as a pdf file using the print button (y).

On the left side of every lesson are share buttons (z) that allow you to easily send the lesson you are viewing to others through popular sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and even by email using a Gmail or Yahoo account. If you wish to email a lesson but do not have Gmail or Yahoo, please copy the url at the top of the browser and paste it directly into your email.