John 15:5-11 (NRSV)
5 I am the vine,
you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much
fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
6 Whoever does
not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches
are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
7 If you abide
in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and
it will be done for you.
8 My Father is
glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.
9 As the Father
has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.
10 If you keep
my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept
my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
11 I have said
these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your
joy may be complete.