'The Penny Gospel' reaches Scotland!
Posted by biblicaeurope, 19 May 2014
As the translation sponsor and ministry publisher of the NIV, Biblica has the unique privilege to be involved in a range of exciting and innovative projects aiming to ensure that individuals across the world have access to the life–transforming Word of God.
One recent example of this is the ‘Penny Gospel’ project. Produced by the Scottish Bible Society, in partnership with Biblica, More Than Gold is a special edition of Luke’s Gospel produced for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This book tells the real life inspirational stories of international sports men and women and why they have come to believe that their faith in Jesus Christ is worth more than winning gold. The Commonwealth Games are the second biggest games in the world, after the Olympics, and they are scheduled to be held in Glasgow this summer.
Mark Finnie, Director of Bible and Church Engagement for Biblica Europe, says: “It has been hugely encouraging to partner in this way with the Scottish Bible Society, and to see the project gaining momentum across Scotland. The Commonwealth Games New Testament will be given to those who attend the games – the athletes, coaches and trainers, hosts, hospitality staff and spectators. With more than seventy nationalities represented at the games it’s an amazing opportunity.”
The concept behind the ‘Penny Gospel’ stemmed from the long Glasgow tradition of Victorian Penny Bazaars. Individuals would come along, and could buy a bag of sweets or a book for one penny. Despite inflation, these sales kept going for many generations. Glasgow’s current status as a city of culture, along with the arrival of the Commonwealth Games is a welcome boost for the city and stands in sharp contrast to the deprivation often associated with UK shipbuilding cities.
Mark Finnie goes on to share about another key aspect of the project: “The Scottish Bible Society are stepping out in faith and selling the Gospels to churches at just one pence per copy. As you can imagine, the demand for these has been staggering so far, and a quarter of a million copies have been sold to date. However, an important question which we also needed to consider was – if someone was given a Gospel, and wanted to know more about Jesus, what would the next step be?”
In light of that, the Scottish Bible Society is partnering with Biblica Europe to establish Community Bible Experience groups throughout Scotland. The expectation is that 80 churches will set up Community Bible Experience groups over the next six months. If someone is given a copy of the Penny Gospel, they’ll also be able to go to the website www.pennygospel.org.uk to find out more.
We hope that this innovative approach will help churches catch the vision and use the Bible in outreach. Please join with is in praying that God will use this to reach many people attending and participating in the games in Glasgow this summer.