Song of Solomon 2:15 (512)

         A.  A warning is given about little things that might grow into destructive forces.
               1.  Little foxes can cause a great deal of damage to a vineyard.

         B.  Reference is made to problems that become larger and damage the relationship
               between a husband and wife.

         C.  I’d like to use this principle and consider four “little foxes” that can damage a
               local church.

     I.  The first “little fox” is a spirit of frivolity.

          A.  This is a failure to give serious attention to what deserves serious attention.

                1.  What about our worship to God?  John 4:24 (782)

                2.  Worshipping God is a spiritual exercise.  John 4:24; Romans 12:1

     II.  The second “little fox” is conformity to the world.

           A.  What criteria do we use in determining right and wrong?  The standards of the
                 world or the principles taught in God’s word?  Examples:

           B.  2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (855); Romans 12:2 (837)

    III.  The third “little fox” is an attitude of pride.

           A.  Pride is an overhigh opinion of oneself, etc.
                 Romans 12:3 (837)

           B.  Pride is a dangerous sin.  Proverbs 16:18 (495); James 4:10 (893)

    IV.  The fourth “little fox” is a bad disposition.

           A.  Examples:

           B.  Practice the golden rule.  Matthew 7:12 (708)


           A.  Review
           B.  How can we overcome these sins represented by the “little foxes”?  Practice the
                 principles in Philippians 2:1-5 (867)