What Does The Fox Say?


I saw a post on one of the youth ministry resource sites that I follow that made me say “ugh, why?”  It has to do with the painfully obvious mashup of Ylvis’ viral video and youth ministry talksheets.  One youth pastor made an entire message around the video “What Does The Fox Say.”  Props for creativity, for real.  It was clever.  But, at least for me, it’s another example of how we’re doing it wrong. (You can see the message notes at the very end of this entry because the link to the actual file had the youth pastor’s name on it).

When we preach the Bible to teenagers, youth pastors are notorious for using the Scriptures to illustrate their main point rather than making Scripture their main point.  I’m guilty of it.  I did a message based on clips from the TV show “Wipeout” because the clips were funny.  I tagged a few verses about how “sin makes us wipeout” and went with it.  I used Scripture to illustrate my point rather than making Scripture my point.  This What Does The Fox Say message is a classic example.

When we speak to teenagers we need to give them the solid truth of Scripture, using the text to preach.  Now I’m not against making it fun, or even funny, or illustrating the heck out of passages so it becomes easier to understand.  I’m not against using culture to inform how we present things.  I’m not against media or pop-culture at all!  But what I am against is when one youth pastor somewhere in the country comes up with a clever but weak idea and it gets picked up and implemented all across the nation.  It’s like a majority of guys in my position unanimously go, “Sweet!  This is funny!  Now I don’t have to prepare anything this week!”  And instead of reading the Scriptures and praying for what God wants to do in our ministries, we settle for a download and some down time.  Not everything has to be a Greek word study, but when you preach, it at least needs to be in context with what the text is saying instead of what the culture is saying.

Youth pastors: study the Scriptures.  Don’t troll the internet looking for someone else’s talksheets.  9 times out of 10 it won’t work for your group.  You are creative.  Use it.

What Does The Fox Say is a funny and dumb and addictive video and it’s awesome.  But it’s already tired.  And it will be replaced in a matter of weeks.  How about when we preach we stick with the one thing that is still relevant?




The message notes:


You have seen the viral sweeping video with already 55,000,000 million views in
just a few short weeks.
Itʼs funny, creative, and really dumb. So, we naturally love it!
What does the fox say? “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!”
TRANSITION: The Bible actually talks a lot about foxes and we are going to ask
the Bible “What does the fox say?” tonight. We will cover 3 main things a fox
says and does…
Back in the day… way before Jesus the Fox really annoyed people.
They would destroy the vineyards.
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin our vineyards, our
vineyards that are in bloom.” Song of Songs 2:15
In the Bible the fox was sometimes used to illustrate the destructive
characteristics of Satan and what he desire to do with our spiritual growth (the
You have something really beautiful and nice and the fox comes to destroy it.
Our life is beautiful and we naturally fall prey to sin.
“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is
full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:15
Vineyards make fruit…
Luke 6:43 puts it this way,
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good
When you chase after Jesus and live out his commands you produce spiritual
growth and fruit. Take a look into your life and think about the kinds of things that
people see in you and the things that you do that are spiritual. Spiritual fruit in
your life may look like the way you treat others, friends, family, your decisions,
and your goals.
The enemy wants to take that evidence away so that the people we care about
and those weʼve never even met, never experience the love of Christ.
When this happens it puts new meaning to the phrase we often hear about “You
just got out foxed!”
Satan wants and knows how to spoil the spiritual fruit in our life.
Luke 32:31-33 puts it this way,
“At that time some Pharisees said to him, “Get away from here if you want
to live! Herod Antipas wants to kill you!”
Jesus replied, “Go tell that fox that I will keep on casting out demons and
healing people today and tomorrow; and the third day I will accomplish my
Yes, today, tomorrow, and the next day I must proceed on my way. For it
wouldnʼt do for a prophet of God to be killed except in Jerusalem!”
Even Jesus was being persecuted for spreading Godʼs kingdom. Satan himself
attempted to diminish the effect of Godʼs presence in the world.
Herod was like a fox (sly and crafty, skulking and cowardly) trying to find ways to
remove Jesus from becoming the “King”. At one point, Herod tried to manipulate
the wise men into giving up where the Christ child was born. Herod even
attempted to kill Jesus by issuing a decree that all children born during the time
of Jesusʼs birth be killed.
Nothing could stop Christ from coming to the world to show us how to live and
most importantly give his life for us on the cross to redeem our sin.
Keep on serving Jesus. When you serve Jesus you will come into persecution.
Youʼll experience times where it seems hard and times when it makes you
– Donʼt give up or stop serving God due to persecution.
You WILL be persecuted as a disciple – Donʼt fall away and stand your ground.
LUKE 32:57-62 puts it this way,
“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you
wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man
has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and
proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say
goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, ʻNo one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for
service in the kingdom of God.ʼ”
You want to follow Jesus? What will it cost you?
Sometimes we get scared to take the next step. There were those, who when
Jesus said, “follow me,” struggled through the commitment because they knew
that it would change a lot of things about their life. Look at some of the things
they said.
“He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and
proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Jesus wasnʼt being cold or insensitive he simply got to the point. Sometimes we
worry about our past or we thing about things we canʼt fix or explain away. When
we think about those kinds of things they can keep us from moving forward
toward Jesus. Some of you may say in your heart, “If I live for Christ in every part
of my life the friends who have seen me fail will hold me back.”
Sometimes our friends donʼt. We live in a time where people who believe in
something and live their beliefs are secretly respected. Think about people you
know who live out their values. There are a lot of people who look up to them.
Even if your friends donʼt value your decision you have to understand that if you
made what Jesus did on the cross count for you, itʼs really not worth the pain of
being trapped by our past. If you want to move forward, move.
The Bible puts it this way,
“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the
kingdom of God.”
– You canʼt live in your past and let your old habits control your ability to say
yes to Jesus everyday in your decisions, words, and intentions.
Illustration: Driving a car.
What Jesus is saying to us in this verse is that if we want to move forward, we
canʼt look back. You would never sit and watch the rear view mirror while you are
trying to drive forward. You look ahead!
Foxes destroy
Foxes persecute
Foxes have homes
Just so you know, the fox barks and growls like a high pitched dog in real life.
Google it. Theyʼre kind of cute. God used foxes in the Bible to teach us a lot
about life and how we live it. Foxes in real life are just trying to catch their next
meal. Foxes in the spiritual world are trying to slow down your walk with Christ.
All that matters…
1. What does God say? Are we following Godʼs will for our life? Do we know what
the Bible says? Are we living it out?
2. What do you say? Do our friends at school know we are Christian by the way
we talk, act, and live our life? What you say can be a GREAT way to lead others
to Christ. What are you saying?
Close in prayer.