Hello Bondman!In the process I found them "disconnected' as though to be considered separate
Actually we need to be born again, experience the rebirth before we get water baptized. It is an outward physical expression of what has happened inwardly, spiritually.
I was baptized years ago but was not yet saved, born again. So all I did was I went down a dry sinner and came up from the water a wet sinner LOL.
It didn't change me. Only GOD can change our heart, not the act of being baptized.