A LEGACY is something that is passed down by, or received from, one who has gone before. At some point the legacy, in whatever form it takes, must be established or earned, so that it may be passed down to the subsequent generations. In its most personal sense, Jesus Christ earned the LEGACY of righteousness before God the father, and has passed to each believer this LEGACY of His righteousness, His eternal inheritance, and His life (Ephesians 1:10-12).
The church of God is the pillar and the ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The church is called by God to carry the LEGACY of the message of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. God has created His church for this singular purpose (Matthew 28:18-20), and it is for this reason that we assemble, that this generation of the church might pass down the LEGACY of the faith unto the next generation (Ephesians 4:11-12).
The responsibility of the church is to equip and to invigorate the believer. But God has also ordained another institution, and equipped them with the authority necessary, not simply to provide knowledge and fellowship, but to provide training. This is the duty of the parent, as the God-ordained leaders of the institution of the family, God has given them, and specifically the father, the privilege and responsibility of training up their children in the way they should go - in passing the LEGACY of life and godliness to the next generation.
We cherish the LEGACY of the fath once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). We earnestly desire to receive this LEGACY with meekness by receiving the Word of God (James 1:21), and to pass that LEGACY on to the next generation of families and church.