Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A Legacy of Faith

By on February 3, 2015

Are you leaving behind a “legacy of faith?” I read somewhere that with the passing of this generation our nation is undergoing the greatest transfer of wealth in history. I wish the same could be said of our faith in Christ.

Paul gave Timothy a printed kick in the pants when he wrote that he was mindful of the sincere faith within him which first dwelt in his grandmother Lois and then his mother Eunice. “I am sure that it is in you as well,” he wrote, verbally staring right through to Timothy’s heart as if searching for a nod of assurance.

A legacy of faith in Christ is the greatest gift you can leave behind. It is your way of leaving those you love with eternity in view. A friend of mind said regarding everything else, “Dirt wins!” and he’s right.

Every legacy of faith has a point of beginning. For Timothy, that point of beginning in his own family was the conversion to Christ of his grandmother, Lois. I am blessed to be a fourth generation believer, primarily because of the prayers of my great grandfather’s dying wife and his subsequent turn to Christ. But you may be the first in your family! What a heritage you are passing on…if indeed you pass it on.

On your watch, the legacy of faith either develops or diminishes. Lois passed her faith to her daughter who then passed it along to Timothy, who then passed it to the world. But I know of some professing Christians who are not the first but last in the line of believers in their family. How sad. Are you passing along a vibrant faith in Christ?

Leaving a legacy of faith gives your life an incredible impact. My great grandfather passed his faith to his son (my grandfather) who then answered God’s call to preach. Down through the years, Christ has remained the centerpiece of our family. He is part of the conversation at every reunion which includes, by the way, twenty-two preachers, along with many other men and women who also love the Lord.

Are you leaving a legacy of faith? I end this blog where it began. Think about it!

Rejoice evermore!

Tom Elliff

2 Tim 1:12



    I am ready for your next blog. We miss you and Jeannie