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Based on the Mayberry Bible Study originated by Joey Fann back in 1998.

Host Allan Newsome will be visiting episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and exploring how characters from The Andy Griffith Show behave. Does their behavior reflect poorly or positively, from a Christian perspective, on their character.

The podcast will be released randomly. We will listen to an episode of The Andy Griffith Show and then discuss what we might learn. The podcast will focus on the 16 public domain episodes of The Andy Griffith Show because we want to show good character and break no copyright laws as we study what the Bible teaches.

We hope you’ll join us for some Mayberry fun and learn a little along the way.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 1:07:23

Thank you for joinning me for this episode of the Mayberry Bible Study Podcast. This is a special episode of the podcast because it was recorded live on the Mayberry Cruise (Nov 12-17, 2011).  We also start off with a special message from Ronnie and Elease Felker (as Barney and Thelma Lou) about the things that are required to get into heaven which will remind you of the scene when Barney was trying to recite the preamble to the Constitution.

Download the full lesson plan so you can follow along as you listen to the study.

Lesson Introduction:

The annual Ladies League Musicale will be held in Mayberry this year. Barney believes he will be chosen to represent his town, and he prepares excitedly for his audition. As he is practicing, Farmer Rafe Hollister drops by the courthouse on an errand and listens to Barney’s wretched rendition of “Believe Me If All These Endearing Young Charms.” Rafe begins singing the song in order to show Barney how it should be sung, and he does so beautifully. Much to Barney’s chagrin, Andy encourages Rafe to audition too.

After the auditions, Barney believes he did very well. He overhears Mayberry’s choir director, John Masters, say that thanks to Andy, a wonderful voice will represent Mayberry. When Masters mentions that the voice belongs to Rafe, Barney’s ego takes a beating. When they are unhappy. The mayor and Mrs. Jeffries initially object to Rafe’s appearance and his manner of dress. The mayor orders Andy to tell Rafe he did not win. Andy is very upset with this snobbish and unfair decision, but he does go and see Rafe.

Lesson Points:

Some of the points we’ll hit during this study are below. For a complete list, download the lesson plan.

  • Prejudging Others (Matt. 7:1-5)
  • Dealing with Prejudices (Rom. 13:8-10)
  • Peer Pressure (James 1:12)
  • Unconditional Acceptance (Example of Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1-7)

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:59:10

I’m so thankful to have you join me on the Mayberry Bible Study Podcast. I hope you enjoy your visit with me here in Mayberry and that you learn something along the way that may help you in your life. A study of God’s word can’t help but be helpful to us in growing our character, even if that study is inspired by The Andy Griffith Show.

Download the full lesson plan so you can follow along as you listen to the study.

Lesson Introduction:

Barney decides to make a big purchase – his first car! A sweet, older lady from Mt. Pilot brings in her deceased husband’s vehicle to meet with Barney’s approval.  It seems like a great deal to him, but Andy suggests he think about it some more or at least have Wally look at it first.  Barney simply can’t wait and closes the deal.   The car turns out to be a lemon, and Mrs. Lesch proves she isn’t much better.

Lesson Points:

Some of the points we’ll hit during this study are below.  For a complete list, download the lesson plan.

  • Deceptive People – Ecclesiastes 9:17
  • Deceived People – Proverbs 2:9-15
  • Prudent People – Proverbs 1:1-7

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Mayberry Bible Study Podcast: The Loaded Goat

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:50:57

Thank you for joining me for the Mayberry Bible Study Podcast. I hope you enjoy your time with me in Mayberry and that you learn a little along the way.  Any study of God’s word can be helpful to us in growing our character, even if that study is inspired by The Andy Griffith Show.

Download the full lesson plan so you can follow along as you listen to the study. Enjoy your time with us here in Mayberry.

Lesson Introduction:

Mayberry is having an underpass put in and this is requiring some blasting out at the construction site.  Hodge brings his goat (Jimmy) into town for the day and, while running errands the goat gets loose and eats some of the dynamite.  Everyone becomes afraid of the potential for explosion Jimmy possesses.  They seek to find solutions to the quandary.  Finally they stumble upon the idea of Barney playing his French Harp and lead the goat out of town.  The mayor and Hodge hear an explosion from the construction site and think Andy and Barney were blown up leading the goat away.  They break into a eulogy not knowing the duo had returned and were listening in the other room.

Lesson Points:

  • How to handle situations when we don’t know what to do (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • The Power of music (1 Samuel 16:23; Ephesians 5:19)
  • The Importance of a good reputation (Proverbs 20:11; 22:1)

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 1:08:19

This is our pilot episode of the Mayberry Bible Study Podcast.  I hope you enjoy your visit to Mayberry and grow at least a little bit in your walk to be more like Christ as well.  I know that ANY study of God’s word is helpful so even a study inspired by The Andy Griffith Show can be used by Him.

Download the full lesson plan so you can follow along as you listen to the study.  Enjoy your time with us here in Mayberry.

Lesson Introduction:

Luke Comstock, an ex-con, returns to Mayberry to see Andy about him having shot Luke in the leg during a robbery years ago. It crippled him and sent him to prison. Barney is convinced that Comstock is seeking revenge so he overreacts a little.  Barney’s paranoia then spreads to Gomer, Otis, Aunt Bee, and Opie.  Along with faith and courage, this episode also looks at repentance and forgiveness.

Lesson Points:

  • Worry or Faith –  (Psalm 23:4, Matthew 6:27)
  • Fear or Courage –  (Joshua 1:9, Hebrews 13:6)
  • Revenge or Forgiveness –  (Romans 12:17-19)

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