Locations & Times

See All Campuses

Our Next Guest

What Triggers You? - Steve Carter

August 1, 2021 | By Steve Carter

We all can react in ways that seem excessive, extreme and unreasonable. Rather than let our triggers hurt us and others, we need to have the courage to allow God’s grace to make us whole, holy, and spiritually healthy.


  1. "I Thank God" by Maverick City Music
    Available on "Move Your Heart" by Maverick City Music
  2. "Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)" by Hillsong UNITED
    Available on "People (Live)" by Hillsong UNITE "God of Revival" by Bethel Music
  3. Living Hope by Phil Wickham
    Available on "Living Hope" by Phil Wickham
  4. "Nothing Else" by Flatirons Music


  1. As a group, read all of Esther chapter 3. In your own words, retell this chapter.

  2. In verse 15, the people living in the city of Susa were 'bewildered'. Why was this?

  3. Steve spoke about the acronym THING:

    Triggers: the event that sets us off.
    Hideouts: where we run to escape our pain.
    Insecurities: the false stories we create about ourselves.
    Narratives: the false stories we create about others.
    Grace: God's work to make us whole.

    Which ones are immediately recognizable to you in your own life? Why do you say that?

  4. What is the impact on yourself - and those you love - when you allow yourself to react inordinately, excessively, and unreasonably to events around you?

  5. Mordecai responded differently when he was threatened (Esther 3:2-4). Why was he able to respond in such a way? What would it take for you to respond similarly?

  6. Though our world can be threatening and uncertain at times, Isaiah 42:3 shows us the promise of Jesus' grace towards us. What is it?

Other Messages in this Series
Related Resources