'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.
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 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.
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.
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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
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!
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