Dave Furman wrote an excellent article for the July issue of TableTalk. Furman is senior pastor at Redeemer Church in Dubai, UAE. He would know what what it means to preach the gospel in a hostile culture.
I found his discussion instructive for the hostile culture we live in here in North America. It is not even close to being as hostile as Dubai's culture, or many other places for that matter. But the exhortation he gives is still useful, for there are people who profess Christ who are just a wee bit hostile to hard truths, and want to connect with the culture by avoiding that which may "offend" others.
I like what Furman said here:
We must preach theologically rich doctrine, allowing the meaning of the text to be the meaning of our sermons. The cultural context we minister in must not shape the doctrine we preach; rather, our doctrine must inform and shape the culture. Expositional preaching that makes the point of the passage the point of the sermon serves the church best. Even in the most hostile cultures, we want to be sure to preach through the different genres of Scripture, demonstrating that God's authority over their lives comes from God's Word, and not the teacher of God's Word. Expositional preaching allows people to hear the whole counsel of God, and it is an avenue for teaching them to study the Bible for themselves.
When we preach theologically rich doctrine in the power of the Holy Spirit, we guard the gospel and God receives all the glory for saving sinners.
As a dear friend often says, yes and amen.
Read the whole article here.