We have nothing to bargain with God. We have nothing to offer that He needs or wants. In fact, we are beggars of grace. It doesn't mean that we can't talk to Him or direct our requests to Him. We can and we should ask questions and bring our worries and doubts and struggles to Him. He can handle it all. He is never discouraged by our questions or perplexed by our doubts. But we do need to wrestle through our problems at His feet, in His presence. If you are one who is constantly asking questions of others and not of God, you will waver in your faith all your life.
" For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness." Psalm 33:4 ESV
Being baptized is a ritual that shifts boundaries. It symbolizes dying to self and living a new life in Christ. It is not an isolated event. People are always incorporated into the community of believers by being baptized. That is why families were baptized together in the New Testament. But being baptized alone doesn't save you. There must be a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and you must be born again. Then you are baptized.
" For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ."- Galatians 3:27 ESV
Sometime people forsake their faith. They seem to stop believing, and fall back into their old way of living. Or they are worse than before. Paul referred to a few examples when he wrote to Timothy. Backsliding happens when people put their faith in something other than Jesus Christ. They give up hope somewhere particularly when the way gets tough and things don't go their way. How does one not backslide. Keep close to Jesus. Walk close enough to Him so that you don't get lost when life gets tough.
" Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return."- Jeremiah 8:5 ESV
We should never confuse biblical authority with some sort of obsession with power. Authority, when applied in the church or in marriage, is always functional. Not, hierarchically[look this up]. It means certain forms of authority are given to some people by God to help and serve others in love. And so that there can be healthy order. Such authority serves. It's not bossy. It creates security, stability and doesn't demand attention or recognition.
" Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give an account."- Hebrews 13:17 NKJV
God has full authority in heaven and on earth. Yet He has also set people in authority on this earth. Those in specific leadership positions. Authority according to the Bible, when given to people, is never bossy or authoritarian. The Lord's leaders serve with others with their spiritual gifts. They shift the spotlight to Jesus where our focus needs to be. They use their authority to uplift the weak, lonely and outcast. They serve while they lead.
"There is no authority except from God"._ Romans 13:1 ESV
" For the Lord's sake, submit to all human authority- whether the king as head of state."- 1 Peter 2:13 NLT