Finding the Way Back to Mayberry

Lesson 8 - Andy Forecloses

Lester Scobey, wife Helen and young daughter Mary rent a house from mean-spirited Ben Weaver. When Lester cannot come up with his monthly rent of $52.50, Ben demands in no uncertain terms that Andy serve an eviction order on the family. This is one sheriff duty Andy can do without. He visits the Scobeys and quizzes Lester about locating a job in order to pay the rent. Lester explains that he recently lost his job, and although he has checked around with the local businesses, no one is hiring at this time.

Andy and Barney vow to help the Scobeys after Andy discovers that Ben Weaver wants to use the property as a warehouse for his department store. To make matters worse, Ben orders Andy to serve the foreclosure notice immediately, threatening him with removal from office if he refuses. Ben also informs Andy that the Scobeys owe the entire balance of their rent, a whopping $780.00, because they have not abided by the payment clause in their contract...

Lesson Points
Pulling Together - Andy, Barney, and the Town

            Strength in One (Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-37)

            Strength in Numbers (Early Church Acts 4:32)

            Application for Our Church Family

Keeping the Faith - The Scobeys

            Hard Times Will Come

            Handling the Stress (Isa. 26:3; Luke 12:22-25)

            Finding Comfort (Ps. 23; Ps. 119:50,52; 2 Cor. 1:3-5)

            Trusting in the Outcome (Prov. 3:6; Rom. 8:28)

Change of Heart - Ben Weaver

            Seeing the Light (Acts 9:1-9)

            Needs of Others vs. Letter of the Contract (Phil. 2:3,4; Acts 20:35)

            Christ, our Pattern (2 Cor. 8:9)

Do you think in our busy society that we have lost the attitude of helping out a neighbor in need?

Discuss the Scobey’s outlook throughout their ordeal.

In what way(s) can you see yourself in the character of Ben Weaver?

What did it take for Ben to really see his true behavior?

Final Thought
"When that man’s time comes to go, he ain’t gonna go like everybody else. He’s just going to nasty away..."