Baptism is not meant to be a private event in Christianity. It was a deeply intimate event when you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior. But once you've entered God's family, there's nothing private about it. You are a member of the Church, the Body of Christ, brothers and sisters in God's family. We all share one common life now, and that includes being baptized together.
After we make this commitment to follow Jesus, we need to remember him constantly. The Bible says, "Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things." This means we should put our trust in God rather than people or material possessions. Think about it: If you cared only about yourself, your own happiness would be very difficult to achieve and maintain.
It's also important to listen to what other people think about religion. When you live as an isolated person, getting information from others, it's easy to get the idea that everyone else is like you - when actually they have different beliefs and opinions about what matters most in life. So find out what others think, and don't just take my word for it! Ask them questions about what they believe, and give them a chance to explain yours too.
Finally, keep growing as a person. Remember who you were before you came to know Jesus, and strive to become more like him every day. This means working on yourself, learning from past mistakes and doing everything you can to lead a good life now.
Baptism is a public event, not a private one. Baptism is a public act of obedience and a public declaration of trust in Christ. The individual would be baptized at a later date. According to my reading of the New Testament, the pattern of a public statement of faith appears to occur at the moment of baptism.
It is important to understand that while the Bible calls baptism a sign of incorporation into Christ's family (Romans 6:3-4), it does not say that it signs us up for some kind of club where we have access to secret knowledge or can order a baptismal dinner. It is a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ that brings about our salvation. We receive its benefits now, not later when we go to heaven. Our relationship with God is based on what He has done for us, not on what we have done for Him.
The Bible also tells us that baptism is to be administered by someone who has been given the authority to do so by the church. This person should conduct the service with prayerful reflection and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If you are asked to baptize another person, then you should seek guidance from your pastor or church leader before doing so.
Private baptisms are illegal in most countries. Even in churches that permit them, they are still considered private ceremonies that may reveal information about a person's beliefs or lack thereof.
Baptism is just for Christians. Because baptism declares that my sins have been forgiven because of my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that I have died to my former life and now desire to walk and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. It's open testimony. We believe that you have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that you should live every day of your life in gratitude for this great gift.
Baptism is a public declaration that you are willing to give your life to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into it daily. Within the context of Christianity, it is only administered once in a person's life time. However, many believers continue to grow in their relationship with God through prayer and meditation on His word. They may also be baptized in the words of John 20:21-23 when they complete their journey with Jesus.
Stanley's Baptism page: http://www.stanleyminstrels.org/baptism.html.