A clear and simple example of God's general order for your life:
"Then they that gladly received his word (They were saved) were baptized (They were baptized): and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls (They joined the church). And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (They learned and practiced the things of the Lord)."
You can't skip one step and go to the next. You can't eat the cake before you bake it! You can't hope to enjoy or even understand the things of God if you are not following the order of God.