“Runaway Kid”


Andy hangs himself on his own pitchfork when he teaches Opie lessons on the importance of a fine character – “never let your friend down; never break your word, and when you make a promise never break it.”


Lesson Points

Friendship (Romans 12:10, NIV)

10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.


Keeping Promises

162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. Psalm 119:162 (NIV)

38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared [i.e. respected].       Psalm 119:38 (NIV)


Keeping Your Word
11 Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another. (Leviticus 19:11)


37Just say "yes' and "no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong. (Matthew 5:37, The Message)




  1. Do you believe it was easier to live by these standards in Mayberry than it is today? Why?


  1. Respect must be earned –is it possible to have respect for someone who does not keep his word? 


  1. Where do you stand on they way that Andy explained to Opie about “bending the rules?”


  1.  Is it ever OK to break a promise?


  1. Tell us about your best friend. What are the characteristics that you admire the most about them?