• Inspirational and encouraging, More Than Gold told the stories of International Sportsmen and Women
    And why they have come to believe that their faith in Jesus Christ is worth more than winning gold.

About The Penny Gospel

'More Than Gold' was a special edition of Luke’s Gospel produced for the 2014 Commonwealth Games featuring inspiring stories of five athletes – sporting men and women who believe their faith is worth More Than Gold.

The Penny Gospel distribution in Glasgow during the Commonwealth Games

This book told the real life stories of six people: Kirsty Balfour a Scottish lass who unexpectedly discovered a talent for swimming; Ernst van Dyk, a South African born without lower limbs who overcame the odds to win gold at the Paralympics; Dieudonné Disi a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who was inspired to run for his country; Nick Willis a New Zealand middle distance runner who candidly talks about the joy of winning and the sorrow of losing; Christine Ohuruogu a British Olympian and record holder who credits God for her success.

Five lives that have been influenced and affected by the sixth, the life of Jesus Christ.

The Story

The vision was to share the story of Jesus with thousands of people across Scotland.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games presented a unique opportunity for Scotland’s churches to do something simple but significant in their community. Priced at 1p allowing churches to order multiple copies and give thousands of them away during the Commonwealth Games year, the book was also referred to as the ‘Penny Gospel’.

Through prayer and generous financial gifts, the Scottish Bible Society in partnership with Biblica provided over three quarters of a million copies of this book and we pray that God will use this project to change the lives of thousands of people.

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

What next?

If you have been inspired by reading More Than Gold and would like to discover more of the Bible and Christianity then check out just a few options below...

There are many people seeking to learn more about the Bible but feel daunted by having to read the whole Bible on their own. Joining a Community Bible Experience (CBE) near you can help you pace yourself through the text, discuss the stories and meaning, and give you a place to share your thoughts with others.
Host a CBE group

Curious about Christianity? Explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest and informal environment by joining an Alpha course near you. It runs in churches, bars, coffee shops and homes all around the globe. Typically Alpha has around ten sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.
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From the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John which also tell the story of Jesus, to the full Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you can purchase a variety of different Bible resources to continue your journey and understanding of Jesus Christ.
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For churches

Who do you know that would benefit from knowing the story of Jesus?

The ‘Penny Gospel’ was an initiative of the Scottish Bible Society in partnership with Biblica. The 2014 Commonwealth Games presented a unique opportunity for Scotland’s churches to do something simple but significant in their community. Priced at 1p allowing churches to order multiple copies and give thousands of them away during the Commonwealth Games year, the Penny Gospel was a special edition of Luke’s Gospel with life stories of sports men and women who believe that faith in Jesus Christ is worth More Than Gold.

Over 750,000 copies of the Penny Gospel were distributed in 2014, making it one of the largest Scripture distribution projects in recent memory.

An ideal follow-up to a Penny Gospel distribution is the Community Bible Experience (CBE). CBE allows churches to host small groups where the entire New Testament is read over an 8-week period, in a setting similar to a book group.

Explore Community Bible Experience

Got a story to tell?

We would be delighted to hear more of how the many Penny Gospel distributions have gone. If you have a good story, something that worked well or an encouragement for others to hear please get in touch!

Please e-mail Andy Wallace or telephone 0131 347 9817.

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Get in Touch

If you have been inspired by reading More Than Gold and would like to discover more of the Bible and Christianity, check out the What next section.

If you are a church or Christian organisation looking to get involved in the Penny Gospel project, please see the For churches section.